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More money is not the solution to education issues

It’s that time of year again. The envelope arrived this week and it’s time to approve spending on the public education system. This year I am voting no. Looking at the numbers as reported by State Superintendent of Public... — Updated 1/28/2021


ML levy passage essential to student, family support

My husband and I, both having gone to school in Medical Lake, could provide countless examples as to how the school levies helped support us directly over the years through academics and athletics. The unconditional support... — Updated 1/28/2021


Cheney levies take economic issues into account

I just received my ballot for the upcoming levy for the Cheney School District so I am urging everyone to vote yes for this levy. Last year we paid $1.42 per $1,000 in assessed property value for one of the levies and paid 45... — Updated 1/28/2021


Cheney students need community's levy support

Dear Cheney School District voters, My children are grown and are no longer in school but all went through Cheney Public Schools. And I no longer work for the school district but did so for 23 years. Those are the very reasons I... — Updated 1/21/2021


Levy dollars are about Cheney education future

I am a retired Cheney Middle School teacher who worked for the Cheney School District for 30 years and in education for a total of 38 years. I have been involved with our local school district for the last five years with various... — Updated 1/21/2021


School levy does not serve the taxpayers

The replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy that Cheney School District is asking for a $1,700,000 increase over the old levy. The district and its supporters tout that students “currently enjoy... special programs... — Updated 1/21/2021


Cheney levy needed even in pandemic times

When my husband, Rich, retired from the Air Force 28 years ago, we intentionally moved back to Cheney because we wanted our two daughters to attend Cheney public schools. I think other people move into our district for similar... — Updated 1/21/2021


Access to democracy in the 2021 session

There’s an old story about Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of the Philadelphia mayor, asking Benjamin Franklin, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Ben Fr... — Updated 1/21/2021


Levy supports well-rounded education, infrastructure needs

We are parents of a middle school and a high school student in the Cheney School District, and are writing in support of Proposition Nos. 1 and 2 on the Feb. 9 ballot. These propositions would authorize the Cheney School... — Updated 1/15/2021


Inflammatory language not helpful in fighting COVID

Roger Harnack’s Jan. 7, 2021 Cheney Free Press article, “Pushing back against bureaucratic harassment,” is troubling. Within the article, the governor and state workers are accused of “illegally” and ... — Updated 1/14/2021


Evangelical support of Trump is undermining Christianity

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ sudden rush to judgement of President Trump, after enabling him the last four years, rings hollow, given her self-identification as evangelical Christian. Following her reversal, Biblical scripture like... — Updated 1/14/2021


ML replacement levy supports needed functions

The proposed Medical Lake School District Educational and Operations Levy Is a replacement for the levy approved by the Medical Lake School District voters in 2018. The levy would provide approximately $1.5 million per year. If... — Updated 1/14/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Working from home is likely here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely!... — Updated 1/14/2021


Gym reopening vital to our communities health

I am writing in support of efforts being made by “Stronger Together Coalition Spokane” to reopen our state’s fitness centers and coach-led fitness facilities. They are not the problem in the fight against the coronavirus... — Updated 1/7/2021


Community support helps feed Medical Lake

Feed Medical Lake says “Thank You” to all who supported our free meal program throughout a very difficult year. To our supporters and patrons, we wish for you a better 2021. May God bless every second of it for you.  Not... — Updated 1/7/2021


Wreaths at Medical Lake cemetery appreciated

As a small follow-up to Don Brunell’s thoughtful column about the Wreaths Across America program in the Dec. 24 Cheney Free Press, I’d like to commend the efforts of Gerri Johnson and the Re*Imagine Medical Lake group for... — Updated 1/7/2021


To prevent the next pandemic, we need new antibiotics

The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is finally in sight. Both Pfizer and Moderna have received emergency FDA authorization to distribute tens of millions of doses of their vaccines across the country. This is fantastic news.... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Bracing for bigger changes from working remotely

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our... — Updated 1/7/2021

 By DON BRUNELL    Opinion

Better wildland management can create jobs, help prevent a repeat of 2020 wildfires

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can't be... — Updated 12/30/2020


Christmas spirit is alive in Cheney

I don’t often write notes to the editor, but feel compelled to do so this week.  The residents of Cheney should be congratulated for going above and beyond with their Christmas decorations and lights this year.  There are so... — Updated 12/30/2020


Getting away with it

Yesterday, my 13-year-old son asked me about the election, and the fraud charges leveled by President Trump and his supporters. I thought about my answer for a bit, then used the O.J. Simpson trial, and that jury verdict, as an... — Updated 12/30/2020

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Call it prohibition version 2.0

On Dec. 18, 1917, Congress proposed the 18th Amendment, which would later make it illegal to make, buy, sell or drink alcohol. Two years later, after ratification Jan. 16, 1919,... — Updated 12/30/2020


Wearing a cross but violating basic Christian values

Everything that comes out of the White House today — the lies, the false claims of election fraud, the absurd lawsuits — makes me retreat and recoil. But I feel a particular sense of dread whenever I am watching the TV news... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By DON BRUNELL    Opinion

Despite coronavirus, wreaths placed across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020. Even... — Updated 12/24/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Introducing wind blade concrete mixture

Would you believe in the future when a cement truck shows up to pour your foundation or patio, the mixture will likely contain ground-up wind turbine blades? As a part of new... — Updated 12/17/2020


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